Ptolemy of Thebes

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In Greek mythology, Ptolemy or Ptolomeus[1] (/ˈtɒləmi/;Ancient Greek: Πτολεμαῖος) was an ancestral ruler of Thebes, in ancient Greece living in the 12th century BCE. His father was Damasichthon; his son, Xanthus.[2] Since the Homeric root to Ptolemy includes no "T", the name is reconstructed as Polemy.[3]

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Preceded by Mythical King of Thebes Succeeded by


  1. ^ Osborne, T. (1747). An Universal History: The Ancient Part, Volume 6 (Google Books). p. 192. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  2. ^ Frazer, J. G. (1913). Pausanias's Description of Greece: Vol 1, Translation (Google Books). p. 452. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  3. ^ The change from polemos to ptolemos is an example of a type of linguistic compounding called terpsimbrotos. The pt- in ptolemos (vs. earlier polemos) "war" is thought to arise from a re-analysis of the compound word *phere-t-polemos, metathesised to phere-ptolemos. George Dunkel, "Two old problems in Greek: πτόλεμος and τερψίμβροτος", Glotta 70:3/4:197-225 (1992) JSTOR 40266932.